~~Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone.~~
During the US Civil War, my great great great grandpa, David Tadpole, signed up to protect the Cherokee chief, John Ross. Later, when Chief Ross decided to side with the Confederacy, my ggg grandpa went back home, refusing to fight against the treaty the Cherokee Nation had with the United States. Despite his loyalty to the chief, his convictions led him to take a different side than his chief. He later enlisted with the Indian Home Guard, Union, when given the opportunity.
Today, following in the footsteps of my great great great grandpa, David Tadpole, I, too, must do what I feel is right and take a different side than my chief, Bill John Baker. I do not support or agree with the statement he released today. My opinion is that he should have requested apologies from both campaigns, Warren's and Brown's, for their offensive behaviors or he should have not requested an apology at all.
Because Chief Baker was a Democratic National Delegate this year, I believe his statement was politically motivated and meant to give the Democratic candidate, Elizabeth Warren, a boost. But what Elizabeth Warren has done is much worse, in my humble opinion, than any tomahawk chop Brown's people have done. By taking a Cherokee identity she has no right to, she has committed an act of colonization. She has usurped Indigenous identity, just as her ancestors stole the land and resources. It's a hostile act of genocide and it is not okay. But Baker is willing to overlook that.
He said, "I will not be silent when individuals mock and insult our people and our great nation." I think what he meant was he will not be silent when Republican individuals mock and insult our people and our great nation. At least that is what his actions say.
I know there will be some people who say Bill John Baker is the chief and I am just a citizen, so my opinion doesn't matter. Before they do, they need to remember one thing. My ggg grandpa was just a citizen too, but in the end, we can see it was he, and other Cherokee citizens who served with him, who had the best judgement.
Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.
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